Advisors seek clothing donations, cash for new Dress for Success Clinical Closet

Wanted: new or gently used professional clothing.

Barb Amberg and Kate Donohue, academic advisors in the Department of Special and Early Education, are seeking donations of everything from shirts and skirts to socks and shoes for their new “Dress for Success Clinical Closet.”

Amberg and Donohue want to build up a large collection able to help any and all NIU College of Education students who cannot afford appropriate workplace wardrobes for their clinicals, internships, student-teaching or job interviews.

The pair hope to open their “closet” by Finals Week this December.

“Over the years I’ve been advising, we’ve had some students say to us that they just don’t have enough money to buy professional wear for their clinicals,” Donohue says. “We’re trying to find a way to help them.”

“We’re just getting it off the ground,” Amberg adds. “Our goal is to meet the needs of some students who are in need.”

Donations of clean, ready-to-wear clothing are welcomed in Gabel 161 or in boxes in Graham, Gabel and Anderson halls.

Barb Amberg and Kate Donohue
Barb Amberg and Kate Donohue

Suggested items include sweaters, tops, shirts, dresses, skirts, ties, pants, shoes, socks and belts. Contributions of cash are also being accepted to help purchase gently used clothing from local stores.

“Our hope is for this to grow, and possibly get local businesses involved,” Donohue says. “We want to make sure to have a variety of sizes and clothing options to benefit the students’ needs.”

To learn more, call (815) 753-9034 or email or

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